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Every James Cameron Movie, Ranked

Avatar James Cameron on set, giving directions

Through his career over the past several decades, writer/director James Cameron’s movies have impressed the world several times over. Thanks to his skills as a storyteller, audiences have been taken to worlds of far flung fancy, grounded realism and everywhere in-between.

It’s a resume that makes it extremely hard to rank the man’s total filmography, while at the same time a completely fun undertaking to take on. That having been said, even the most iconic of careers can be ranked and filed based on the enjoyment and craftsmanship of the works presented. And while Cameron’s works may be immune to a lot of things, criticism isn’t one of them.

Looking at all eight movies directed by James Cameron, we’re going to see how they stack up against each other, and arrange everything in the pecking order of worst to best. Think if it as James Cameron: Judgement Day, starting off with the lowest ranked film on the lot.

Piranha 2: The Spawning a piranha staring out of a man's stomach

8. Piranha II: The Spawning (1982)

While technically listed as James Cameron’s first directorial credit, there’s a lot that can be said about Piranha II: The Spawning’s production that would let him off the hook. Hired as a substitute for the original director, Cameron took over the production, only to have the film he shot tampered with by a producer who recut the film in his own image.

Disregarding the different cuts that Piranha II: The Spawning has, it has the honor of being the bottom of the barrel. Even with his talents for effects starting to show some promise in terms of actually directing a movie, the finished product is right at home in the bargain bin of B-horror movies. Your enjoyment may vary, but even at his roughest, James Cameron wouldn’t sink to these depths ever again.

The Na'vi in Avatar

7. Avatar (2009)

If you think placing Avatar this far down on the list is a slam against the film’s finished product, think again. While it’s undoubtedly accepted that the story to James Cameron’s 2009 opus is a bit simplistic, if not ripped from the pages of other films, the film isn’t a total waste because of it. If anything, Avatar’s greater strength was shown in not only its photo realistic effects work, but also in the way that Cameron builds a world.

The story of the RDA versus the Na’vi does feel like a sci-fi Dances With Wolves, and when you think back to Avatar, the first thing you remember isn’t going to be Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully delivering a rousing speech to the natives of Pandora. What you will think of, though, is how gorgeous that world was, and all of the possibilities that await to be told under its suns; and that’s something most franchises today wish they could inspire in those that partake in their cinematic journeys.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies

6. True Lies (1994)

Hear me out: while True Lies is still a hilarious action-comedy that uses Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis to the best of their abilities, it hasn’t aged all that well. The goofy humor is kind of basic, especially when seeing what James Cameron can do with characters in the best of circumstances. And the less said about the terrorists in a post 9/11 world, the better.

But even as a sort of outdated concept, seeing Schwarzenegger and Curtis go head to head, and eventually team up as a husband and wife spy team is something we should have gotten more of. And with both Tom Arnold and Bill Paxton carrying some of the weight on the comedy front, the material does get a much needed boost. It may be goofy, but it’s a whole lot of fun.

The Abyss

5. The Abyss (1989)

Science fiction is James Cameron’s bread and butter, and that fact has been proven time and again throughout his decades of filmmaking. The Abyss is one of the rarer films in the Cameron filmography that does something so different from the beaten path that the man had set for himself. At the same time, it would define his future, as the film’s story of avoidable cataclysm and the war between man and extraterrestrial nature would fuel his career in future films like Avatar.

The start of Cameron’s extremely method style of filmmaking, The Abyss was a painstaking epic that the director would use to put his skills, cast and crew through their paces. A moderate success, there’s a wide difference between the film’s theatrical, studio-approved cut, and the Special Edition that was restored for DVD release. While a bit uneven, it’s an ambitious story told by a master of their craft, and it’s a James Cameron movie that deserves more credit than it’s given.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic

4. Titanic (1997)

At one point, Titanic was the centerpiece of the entire career of James Cameron. Thanks to this one movie, his box office service record was unbeatable, and he even took the time and goodwill from that movie to obsess a little bit over telling real-life tales of underwater discovery. Most importantly, Titanic showed the world how history could be resurrected in the popular consciousness.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack and Kate Winslet’s Rose are a memorable pair of lovers who engage in a love affair that frames Titanic as a romantic dramedy that made the film both a beloved pop culture moment and an easy target for satire. More importantly, with Cameron pushing the boundaries of practical and digital effects to their breaking point, filmmaking seemed like something magic once again. Putting his legendary leads on the map, while telling a sprawling story that pulled out all the visual stops, is a feat that only the king of 1997 could have ever pulled off.

The Terminator The T-800 raising his pistol to make the kill

3. The Terminator (1984)

Out of the entire rundown of James Cameron movies, the director likes to consider The Terminator as his first film. While Piranha II: The Spawning technically still has that distinction, Cameron’s not entirely incorrect in his claim. This was his first adventure in creating a world and a set of characters that he would forever be known for, and it still stands as a testament to James Cameron’s best work ever.

The Terminator brought the world of Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor to living breathing life in what could be considered a quintessential science fiction/horror film of the 1980s. While the series would be remembered as more of a sci-fi/action franchise, the first film was so frightening and relentless that it made Arnold Schwarzenegger the ideal vision of an indestructible machine. And not satisfied with that work, James Cameron would later re-invent that tale as an emotional drama almost a decade later.

Aliens Ripley walking through the Xenomorph nest with a pulse rifle

2. Aliens (1986)

Sequels are dangerous prospects. In the immediate context, following up something as well-regarded as Ridley Scott’s Alien with James Cameron’s Aliens, in the span of seven years, is nerve-wracking. Creating a sequel that will last the test of time, on top of living up to a contemporary vision of excellence, is an even harder feat. And yet, Cameron’s sequel achieved both with flying colors.

Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley became the legendary badass that the world currently sees her as, with a second chapter that took what started as a haunted house adventure in space, and turned it into an all-out, action-packed war movie. It changed genres, reinvented its lead character and added a cadre of supporting characters that injected humor and thrills, while creating a formula for those sorts of figures in Cameron films to come. Aliens took a well-respected film and made its world even bigger and better. In short, it was a template for the greatest film that James Cameron would ever make.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day The T-800 sits on his bike with a shotgun

1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

The Terminator was a movie so frightening that the T-800 stood as an imposing figure that terrorized audiences that stared into its glowing red eyes on the big and small screen. So what’s a creator to do when creating a sequel that tells another story with such a villain at its center? Anyone else would have just made the explosions bigger and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 scarier.

James Cameron wasn’t ready to do that though. While he did create a more terrifying character to play the heavy in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, those duties went to Robert Patrick’s T-1000. The twist that made this sequel so clever was the fact that Cameron would then use the familiar villain of the T-800 as the protector of Edward Furlong’s John Connor this time around.

If there’s any film that sums up the career of James Cameron at his best, it’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Reinventing his classic story of a fate that felt unavoidable into a story about how fate is only what we make it changed the course of a franchise so vastly, and in such a perfect manner, in just one film.

With four Avatar sequels in the works, who knows how these rankings will change? All that’s known is that while some may see the future of James Cameron’s career as more of the same, others see these new films as a chance to reinvent himself in a new and exciting way. He’s done it before, and there’s a lot of potential for him to do it again.

Avatar 2 sets out to change the course of movies, and the Cameron storytelling machine, on December 17, 2021.

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Why Terminator: Dark Fate Never Wanted To De-Age T-800 With A ‘Digital Arnold’

In this day and age, it would’ve been easy for director Tim Miller and producer James Cameron — no stranger to technology — to digitally de-age Arnold to make him look more like the T-800s we met in The Terminator in 1984 and T2 in 1991. Heck, there’s even a creepy new deepfake showing young Sylvester Stallone in Arnold’s role in T2. You can do anything digitally these days. But that’s not the story Terminator: Dark Fate wants to tell. Instead, the sixth Terminator movie — which is blowing off everything after T1 and T2 — is very much interested in aging heroes Logan and Unforgiven-style.

Here’s what director Tim Miller explained to Men’s Health about the 72-year-old Arnold as T-800 in Terminator: Dark Fate:

Best he’s ever looked might be pushing it, but I do appreciate Terminator: Dark Fate making a point to showcase older heroes. That’s obviously not just Arnold Schwarzenegger but also Linda Hamilton, whose Sarah Connor had the ultimate transformation from T1 to T2. She’s still the same Sarah Connor we saw at the end of T2, the one who changed the future but didn’t change the fate of the world.

But what about the T-800 the new team seems to visit in the boondocks to recruit for help? Apparently he’s going by “Carl” now. Was the T-800 sent back in time again — after its thumbs-up farewell into lava in T2 — but this time using a more advanced Skynet technology that allows Terminators to age like humans? Dark Fate‘s trailers have shown Mackenzie Davis’ Grace is a cyborg who sees herself as human, and Gabriel Luna plays a very advanced Terminator called the Rev-9 who can split himself in two.

Speaking of the Rev-9, Arnold Schwarzenegger hinted to a showdown between his old man T-800 and the upgraded young shape-shifter:

Terminator: Dark Fate will also bring back T2’s Edward Furlong as John Connor, continuing his story alongside his mom. I’m curious to see what happened after T2, but also a bit fearful that it will take away from that story’s near perfect ending.

Meghan Markle Just Renewed the Trademark for The Tig

Meghan Markle has been busy lately, to say the least: She casually guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue while on maternity leave—and then came back last week from said maternity leave wearing pieces from a capsule collection of workwear she designed for charity. She’s been dedicated to having passion projects to call her own (in addition to her official royal duties, of course), and now people are speculating there might be something else in the works. According to The Sun, Markle’s business manager, Andrew Meyer, recently filed to renew the trademark for The Tig, the lifestyle blog she started in 2014 as a “hub for the discerning palate—those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion and beauty.” She shut it down in 2017, just a few months before meeting Prince Harry.

Renewing the trademark, which was done through a company called Frim Fram, means that she gets to keep the rights to The Tig’s name until 2021. There’s one other twist to the news as well: The Sun reports that Frim Fram also lists another website under its trademark umbrella called Tigtots. (Hmm!)

This, of course, leads to many questions: Why does she want to keep rights to the name of a blog that’s no longer active? Is she planning to relaunch the blog in a semi-royal capacity? Is there going to be a Tig aimed at parents? What is happening?!

“It’s fascinating Meghan’s business manager has ensured she keeps The Tig for a few more years at least,” a “royal insider” told The Sun. “Of course it’s understandable she wouldn’t want an entrepreneur using the name without her involvement. But given her desire to be a different type of royal—pushing her own causes using digital and social media—it’s not out of the question she’d think The Tig could play an important role.”

Hopes can’t climb too high for now, however: Markle’s own spokeswoman told The Sun that the renewal was purely for protective purposes: “The lasting trademark is to prevent false branding, to avoid others purporting to be the Duchess or affiliated with her.”

Only time will tell what’s really going on, but it’s not exactly uncommon for celebrities to take protective steps like this: Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner reportedly trademarked their kids’ names recently. Whether it’s the Kardashian-Jenner dynasty or the House of Windsor’s, some extra legal protection is never really a bad thing.

8 TV Shows to Watch the Week of September 14, 2019

Already dreading the week ahead? We have something that might help: These eight new TV shows and movies, which are all debuting this week and will absolutely take your mind off whatever stress lies in your future. From a new season of American Horror Story to the Downton Abbey, you’re guaranteed to find something that will make your week fly by.

Below, the TV shows and movies to earmark for this week.

Country Music: A new, 16-hour docuseries that explores the captivating world of country music, directed by Ken Burns. 8 P.M. ET on PBS

A Little Late With Lilly Singh: Lilly Singh is breaking the boys’ club of NBC’s late-night talk hosts with her own, hilarious show. It can’t be missed. 1:35 A.M. ET on NBC

The Jim Jefferies Show: A new season of Australian comic Jim Jeffries’ late-night talk show kicks off tonight. 10:30 P.M. ET on Comedy Central

American Horror Story: 1984: Fans have been hoping for summer camp-themed season of AHS, and now we’re finally getting one. This ’80s-set story stars Emma Roberts, Gus Kenworthy, and Billie Lourd as wide-eyed counselors who are tormented by a creepy serial killer named Mr. Jingles. 10 P.M. ET on FX

First Wives Club: A retelling of the classic nineties movie, starring comedians Jill Scott, Michelle Buteau, and Ryan Michelle. Streaming on BET+

Between Two Ferns: The Movie: Zach Galifianakis’s Funny or Die series “Between Two Ferns” was a comedy staple in the mid-2010s. The film version takes everything you loved about it and turns the volume all the way up. Per an official release from Netflix, the movie also stars “some celebrities that you have heard of.” Streaming on Netflix

Downton Abbey: If you’re missing Lord and Lady Grantham, Lady Mary, the Dowager Countess, Mr. and Mrs. Bates, Mrs. Patmore, and Tom Branson, you’re in luck: The Downton Abbey movie is just around the corner, and it has the same charm that made you fall in love with the ITV/PBS series. In theaters

Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Before Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, tune in to see what TV shows take home prizes in the creative categories, like costumes, makeup, and lighting. 8 P.M. ET on FX

Wait, Robert Downey Jr. Could Be In Black Widow?

Tony Stark is out of the MCU. Avengers: Endgame ultimately decided the fate of the character played by Robert Downey Jr. and fans were all given the opportunity to say goodbye to the character in Endgame and to grieve him more thoroughly during the course of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Yet, now it looks as if Tony Stark could make an appearance in Black Widow.

Over the weekend, Deadline mentioned Robert Downey Jr. would be back in an unrelated post connected to the Saturn Awards. At the time, it either seemed like a huge spoiler in an unrelated post or perhaps even a misstype. Could Robert Downey Jr. already be making a return to the MCU?

If the rumors hold true, Comic Book says there’s “a good chance” we are likely looking at a cameo from the actor and one that would come from recycled footage found in the deleted scenes from Captain America: Civil War in which Tony Stark tells Natasha Romanoff to “run” after the final confrontation.

While not confirmed, in some ways this would actually make a lot of sense. Marvel has brilliantly started playing around with timelines, giving us stories that occurred earlier in the history of the MCU with Captain Marvel. At Comic-Con earlier this year, Marvel made it clear that Black Widow would be set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, giving the idea of this cameo some credence. What I like about this alleged info is that it would finally pinpoint more specifically when Black Widow is set.

Secondly, given Robert Downey Jr. has spoken out this year about finally “distancing himself” from the MCU, I’d be shocked to hear about the actor actually returning for anything substantial anytime soon. Recycled footage from Captain America: Civil War could be a way to work the actor in without having to work him into the budget, similar (but different) to how Spider-Man: Far From Home also paid homage to Tony Stark. I assume that would be a win-win for everyone.

Black Widow has already started filming, so now would be around the time these sorts of rumors could start rolling around. Regardless, there is no confirmation from Marvel regarding either the potential cameo or what it would entail, so this is all best guesses at this point.

We do know the Black Widow movie will take us to Budapest, referencing an inside joke between Black Widow and Hawkeye that has some wondering if that Avenger will also make an appearance or tie in to the movie. The flick will also look into Black Widow’s past as Scarlett Johansson’s famous character is confronted with “demons.” If you’d like to learn more about Black Widow, we have you covered. Or you can wait until we start seeing a little more from the movie, which will officially hit theaters on May 1, 2020. For more on Phase Four, check out our full guide.

Your Horoscope for the Week of September 16, 2019

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or an aspiring boss, it’s time to move forward with course corrections made over the past few months and apply in whatever practical way you can. Own the expertise gained through time and life experience and step into your authority. Remember it’s the grit, hustle, and grind that polishes your rough edges and ideas into a gleaming gem. Read on to discover what’s in store for your rising sign during the week of September 16 through to September 22, 2019, and double down by getting to know your rising sign.

Aries | Aries rising

Aries, the world has an appetite for what you’ve got yet there’s been some back and forth on your career front: just when you get some traction progress stalls. Blame has been an internal trial, and probably an external one with a few blocks and dropouts to test your dedication and resolve. How much do you want it? How hard are you willing to work? Come to terms with exactly what you want to build, the reality of what you’re prepared to do, and who you’re prepared to become. Reality pales in comparison to an idealistic vision, yet manifesting your dream into reality demands working within certain limits; cut and dice when necessary. It’s time to move forward now. This is your contribution to the world, so make it happen by igniting your natural enthusiasm and run with the ball through to mission accomplished.

Taurus | Taurus rising

Your star is ascending and you’re the next train out of the station in terms of success. What you do over the next few years will set you up for a career peak. The point now is to expand your horizons and reach. Working with established and professional channels work well for you, and you’ll probably be drawn to travel for your career. So funnel resources accordingly this week. Opportunities may find you whether you seek them or not, however, make the most of it by planning ahead. Set up meetings, take up leads and make the contacts. If you can show up and shake hands in person, even better. Remember, this is about expansion. Saturday’s last quarter moon is in Gemini, suggesting you pin down your spending and clean up any subscriptions or other unnecessary drains on your account.

Gemini | Gemini rising

This week’s headliner has a career focus. You currently possess the luck of the Irish as the saying goes, with the proverbial pot of gold firmly planted in the hands of someone else. Yes, opportunities are bought to you by others this year so reach out and make connections. You have the gift of gab so usher in any collabs that will be mutually beneficial. In terms of drawing on the resources of others, this is where you may be tripping up. All those lucky breaks and burgeoning partnerships may not be translating into recruiter requests, Insta followers, or other aspects of biz. While this is frustrating, the point is that only the most authentic will make the cut.

Suicide Squad Director Tired Of Being Attacked For Film That Didn’t Match His Original Vision

Big studio films can sometimes be victim to conflicting ambitions, since both creatives and industry executives are in the mix. This may have been the case for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which many consider to be a misfire despite its $747 million worldwide earnings. As fans move on the hype train for James Gunn’s upcoming take with The Suicide Squad, the director of the original movie is taking zero bad-mouthing. Check out Ayer’s recent tweet:

Indiewire Senior Film Critic David Ehrlich got a bit of attention from the Suicide Squad director when he commented on the online discourse for James Gunn’s newly released casting information for The Suicide Squad. He called it a “sequel to some dumb piece of shit” that a majority of the public disliked. Ayer then quote tweeted Ehrlich’s thoughts, defending a movie he and a large cast and crew dedicated years to producing.

After the tweet received a ton of attention, the journalist then cleared up his words by explaining he meant to express “frustration” for the “endless franchise hype parade” that continues no matter previous disappointments, deterring the attention away from more original films. He sent his “apologies” to the director for it being taken as a personal attack. Ayer continued the conversation with these words:

Apology accepted? Once things were cleared up, the filmmaker showed his frustration with the movie being changed from his original vision, leading to a less satisfying introduction to the Task Force X than he had intended for audiences. Even so, he showed his continued support for James Gunn taking over the franchise, also with this:

It could not have been easy for the director to watch his film be met with the harsh criticism it did. It apparently wasn’t the movie he had imagined it would when he signed on, and due to its $175 million production budget (before marketing costs), he may not have had complete creative control over the final product. He touches on this in these recent tweets, explaining how Hollywood is an industry at the end of the day.

Some apparent changes to David Ayer’s Suicide Squad included a ton being cut from Jared Leto’s performance as Joker. With James Gunn continuing the franchise, he will call upon some characters introduced in Ayer’s movie, but Leto’s Joker is not one of them.

The Suicide Squad will see the return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn (after Birds of Prey), Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag, and Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, along with a packed new cast including Idris Elba, Taika Waititi, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, and Peter Capaldi. The movie will soon go into production in Atlanta, Georgia and will be released in August 2021.

John Wick 3 Actor Bummed To See ‘Very Cool’ Scenes Cut From Film

Not every good scene makes the cut of a theatrical release, and one John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum star mentioned some of his work was deleted from the still very cool final cut. Actor/martial artist Mark Dacascos, who plays lead villain Zero, was hoping at least one scene made the home release, but while the John Wick 3 DVD/Blu-ray/On Demand release that came out on September 10 is packed with bonus features, it doesn’t feature deleted scenes.

Mark Dacascos was understandably bummed to see a few scenes didn’t make the movie, but he also still has hope to see some of the overall history they shot survive into John Wick: Chapter 4. It also sounds like his role was bigger than he originally expected anyway, so that’s a bonus on its own!

Zero is an assassin who also happens to also be a John Wick superfan. He’s hired by The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) to enforce the High Table’s rulings. Mark Dacascos talked to Showbiz Cheat Sheet about filming even more scenes as Zero than fit into Parabellum.

Will Mark Dacascos be in it? Zero told John Wick he’ll be seeing him, but John replied that he won’t. Dacascos said Zero thinks he will see John again — that because of his training and body and mind control and breath and secret Chinese and Japanese herbs, “there’s a possibility that perhaps, perhaps Zero is catching his breath.”

Mark Dacascos told ScreenRant the couch scene with John Wick was easily his favorite aspect of playing Zero, in part because art was imitating life.

Mark Dacascos said working with Chad Stahelski was “a dream” but the stunt-double-turned-director didn’t leave Dacascos a lot of time for preparation. As he told ScreenRant:

At least it was a pleasant surprise!

I wonder if we can convince Chad Stahelski and Lionsgate to release an extra disc with more John Wick franchise deleted scenes. Keanu Reeves talked a while back about a scene they filmed for the first movie that never made the cut, showing John Wick’s book restoration hobby. The first John Wick film had a director’s commentary revealing they cut more than 39 minutes of footage. David Leitch helped Chad Stahelski make that movie, and he said (via CBR) “a ton of great shots” were left on the cutting room floor, including just Keanu Reeves walking in cool environments, and part of the ending fight between John and Viggo.

John Wick: Chapter 2 did release some deleted scenes, including this one where John Wick visits the Vatican:

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is currently out on Digital, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand with tons of making-of featurettes. Keep up with all John Wick 4 news before its scheduled release in May 2021.

Alex Rodriguez Surprised Jennifer Lopez With a Stripper-Themed Cake in Honor of ‘Hustlers’

When it comes to power couples, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are definitely up there in the rankings. The two aren’t afraid to hide their feelings for each other, either—their Instagram and Twitter feeds basically consist of sweet moments and surprises they’ve shared with each other, plus plenty of evidence of A-Rod’s Instagram husband skills. They’re so close, in fact, they even dress alike—and have done practically since they started dating. Now, things seem to be leveling up along with their relationship status: The engaged couple took a moment on Friday (September 13) to celebrate J.Lo’s latest role in the Oscar-buzzy film Hustlers, released that day—and A-Rod had the cutest surprise for his wife-to-be.

J.Lo shared a few video clips on her Instagram Stories on Friday that captured her reaction to a stripper-themed cake A-Rod surprised her with in honor of her role—highly appropriate, considering the insanely hard pole-dancing scenes she absolutely nails in the film. It’s decked out with two (decorative, not actual) dancers, a few mini $100 bills, and a very casual “Congratulations on your movie!”

The sound doesn’t play in J.Lo’s Instagram Story below, but in the original version you can hear her freaking out about the cake: “Oh my god, look at this!” she says excitedly. There’s also a personal note from A-Rod that she pans to with the camera: “Baby, congratulations on Hustlers. So proud of you! Love hustling through life with you. Love, Macho,” it reads.

Instagram Stories/@jlo

The celebration doesn’t end there, though: There was also a tray of cake pops and mini cupcakes, which everyone knows is the mark of a real party.

Instagram Stories/@jlo

These two—always adorable. And there might be a few more reasons to celebrate come awards season: There’s a great cast (J.Lo, as well as Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, and Keke Palmer) in front of the camera, and Lorene Scafaria, a writer-director-producer triple threat, behind it—and critics are already loving it.

Chrissy Teigen’s Anniversary Tribute to John Legend Is Peak Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are celebrating their sixth wedding anniversary on Saturday (September 14)—and to mark the occasion, the Cravings author shared a tribute to her husband on social media, just like she does every year. And no, her tributes aren’t the usual sappy stuff—who can forget last year’s, when she straight-up called him an asshole? (But, you know, in a loving way.) This year, however, Teigen out-Teigened herself for her most relatable, most Chrissy post yet.

This year, she showed fans exactly what it’s like to be in a committed, loving, years-long relationship by sharing a candid photo, timestamped from Saturday, showing the two in a super-fancy hotel room. But there’s no lovey-dovey moment going on here: Teigen’s slumped in a chair, appearing to sleep with a pair of sunglasses on, while Legend is behind her, engrossed in something on his computer screen. True love at its realest.

“happy anniversary, baby!!!” Teigen captioned the shot.

But it seems things picked up from there: Teigen also showed her followers a glimpse into her anniversary celebrations, which consisted of jetting off to Paris for a one-day romantic getaway. She shared a video on Twitter that opens with a shot of a massive bouquet of flowers before panning to Teigen, who’s sitting in a chair getting her hair and makeup done.

“What the fuck am I even supposed to do with that?” she jokingly says, referring to the flowers.

Legend later responded to the tweet a bit more poetically, writing, “Our love is impeccable and impractical.”

The couple, who have been together for more than 12 years now and continue to define #RelationshipGoals, got married in a romantic ceremony in Lake Como, Italy back in 2013. And it turns out, the two took their dating relationship back in the day to the next level in a very Teigen way, too: As she tweeted earlier this year, “I didn’t date much. I moved in with people. like hello, I live here now. this is how John ended up in this situation.” Gotta love these two—happy anniversary to the lovebirds!